American Rawlings wins gold at Pan Am Games

October 20, 2011 - 5:53 PM
Pan American Games Cycling

Venezuela's Mariestela Vilera, right, embraces teammate Daniela Villarreal after the medal ceremony for the cycling women's team sprint at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. Venezuela won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Matt Rawlings and Emily Caruso won two more shooting golds for the United States on Monday at the Pan American Games, setting a couple of records along the way.

Rawlings broke his own Pan-Am record in 10-meter air rifle qualification, scoring 595 points. He then set a games record in the final with 696.7 points.

Caruso equaled the games record in qualifying for the women's event with 396 points, then set a final record with 497.8 points.

"It was a fight until the end," Caruso said.

Daryl Szarenski, a three-time Olympian and member of the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program, set a pair of Pan American Games records Sunday and won the gold medal in the 10-meter air pistol.

Overall, the Americans still lead the medals table comfortably with 13 gold and 34 overall. Brazil is second with six gold and 14 overall.

The third day of the Pan American Games opened with 24 gold medal events on the schedule, including four later in the day in the swimming pool.

Venezuela claimed two of the three gold medals in track cycling on Monday, leaving only one for traditional power Colombia.

The Venezuelans beat the United States to win the men's team sprint and defeated Colombia in the women's team sprint final. Colombia, which won both time trial races on Sunday, won its gold by defeating Chile in the men's team pursuit final.

Earlier, Argentina won its first three golds of this year's games, and all of them in rowing. The Argentine men won the coxless fours and the double sculls, while the women claimed gold in the coxless pairs. Cuba won the women's double sculls.

The host Mexicans claimed three gold medals, including both in squash doubles. The third gold went to Cynthia Valdez, who won the hoop event in rhythmic gymnastics.

Individual all-around champion Julie Zetlin of the United States was relegated to silver in the hoop, but she won the ball event a short time after.